While reading through Acts 1 last weekend, I could sense the urgency in Jesus’ time with His followers. Look at this …

“And, being assembled together with them, commanded
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he,
ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water;
but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost
not many days hence.”
Acts 1:4-5

Did you notice that He commanded them to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father? Jesus didn’t suggest that if it was convenient or if they might be able to rearrange their schedules to hang around Jerusalem for a few extra days. The urgency shows that this directive wasn’t something that He said as a passing statement that might be considered questionable or be easily misunderstood. Why? Because Jesus knew that the furtherance of the Kingdom depended upon His followers being endued with power (verse 8). Jesus knew that no “when the Holy Ghost is come upon you” would equal no “Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The reason for this week’s blog entry is quite simple. Have you shared this same urgency with your children? Have you shared the command that your children not leave your “upper room” (a.k.a. your children’s church auditorium or Sunday school classroom or midweek Bible club) until they have received the promise of the Father? Perhaps your lack of urgency might be the reason that there is no Jerusalems and Judaeas and ….

Let’s follow Jesus’ example and, in doing so, we will see children leaving your upper room and begin to turn their worlds upside down. (Acts 17:6)